MOP Student research

The Marine Option Program (MOP) is driven by students interested in the ocean that surrounds our islands. MOP provides hands on, marine-focused experiences for any UH student interested in the ocean, including: turtle tagging, scientific diving, boating, camping, whale and seal counts, and many other ocean-related field trips. MOP offers a certificate program for students of all majors.

Enroll in MOP today to begin your journey toward earning a MOP Certificate and gain access to an endless supply of field trips and experiential learning activities.

MOP Field Trips

MOP field trips are typically open to any UH student.
Please email if interested in attending.

There is always plenty to do with MOP!

Whale Watch flyer

Check out this semester's field trip schedule!


MOPportunities are opportunities to assist in field research, outreach events, and other marine-related activities with various professors and agencies in Hawai`i. In many cases, MOP will help facilitate by providing gear, transportation, or other support.


Come study
at the MOP Office!

MOP Office study area

Located on campus (map) between the Life Science and Hawaiian Studies buildings, the MOP Office is a great resource for MOP students. Several computers, whiteboards, and large tables are available for working alone or in study groups.


Browse the latest issue of Seawords, MOP's monthly newsletter, to read about current issues in marine science and to see what kind of projects and activities MOP students are currently involved in.

Contribute to Seawords by sending articles, photographs, art work, or anything that may be of interest to the marine community in Hawai`i and around the world to

Tune in
to MOP Talk!

Created by UH Hilo MOP student Zach Higgins, MOP Talk is a weekly radio show that feature's various members of the MOP community, including faculty, staff, alumni, and current students. Topics include MOP programs, student projects, and other MOP- or marine-related topics.

The show runs every Sunday from 10 am to 12 pm HST. See the MOP Talk page for details on how to tune in!